‘We want the truth, wherever that leads’

Terrorism | U.S. officials never adequately confirmed the death of ISIS captive Kayla Mueller, and a post-ISIS tumult in Syria raises new questions about what happened to her
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/13/19, 01:47 pm

On Feb. 6, 2015, Marsha and Carl Mueller received news they long dreaded: Their 25-year-old daughter Kayla was dead in Syria. Word came in a tweet from the ISIS militants holding Mueller, an aid worker, for 18 months in Syria. The news ended in the worst way possible a high-stakes hostage saga that included an unsuccessful U.S. Delta Force rescue attempt and weeks of intense negotiations carried on via email.

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French police arrest suspects in Lyon bombing

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/28/19, 10:18 am

After a three-day manhunt, French police on Monday arrested four suspects in relation to an explosion in the city of Lyon that wounded 13 people. The detainees include one main suspect and at least two of his family members. One of the suspects is an information technology student of Algerian descent. “It’s a relief for all Lyon inhabitants,” Mayor Gerard Collomb said. “I believe the case has been resolved. If there was a network, it has been identified and will certainly be dismantled,”

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‘American Taliban’ fighter released

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 5/23/19, 11:38 am

Californian John Walker Lindh, known as the “American Taliban,” was released from prison Thursday after serving 17 years of his 20-year sentence. A court granted him an early release from federal prison in Terre Haute, Ind., for good behavior with special conditions for parole, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Lindh, now 38, traveled through Pakistan on his way to Afghanistan in November 2000 after converting to Islam and joined the Taliban in fighting against U.S. troops.

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